House in northland KC undergoing renovations catches fire twice in six hours

Posted at 8:54 AM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 14:00:18-05

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters put out a fire at a northland Kansas City house twice in about six hours. 

The first call came late Sunday reporting a fire at the home near North 37th and North Cherry Streets.

Battalion Chief Dan McGrath said firefighters determined no one is living at the house and it is undergoing renovations. 

While fighting Sunday's fire, firefighters discovered damage to a structural beam in the house. McGrath said that forced firefighters out of the home and to attack the fire from the outside only.

Just before 3:30 a.m. Monday, dispatchers sent fire crews back to the house after the fire reignited, possibly from a hotspot firefighters could not reach from their defensive stance. Again, firefighters fought the fire from outside the building, using a bucket and boom to spray water on the roof. 

McGrath said the cause of the fire is under investigation. He said investigators from the fire department, the city's dangerous buildings department and a bomb/arson unit inspected the home Sunday, but did not return to the home Monday.